From new restaurants to an online grocery store, here’s what to check out.
By Ashima Sethi
NEW RESTAURANT (image featured above)
The White House has opened its doors on Sukhumvit Soi 16, specialising in modern Latvian cuisine and bespoke cocktails. Helming the kitchen is Chef Aleksandrs ‘Alex’ Nasikailovs who once worked alongside celebrated chef Martin Blunos at the now-closed Baltic Blunos. Chef Alex’s approach to the cuisine draws on his previous experiences working in fine-dining, combining an eye for detail with a mission to showcase both local and imported delicacies. In the day, the structure is a café that sells pastries and chocolate. In the evening, the downstairs dining room equipped with a bar is for patrons who want to indulge in their à la carte selection, while the upstairs dining space is where tasting menus are served (THB 4,000++ per person). For drinks, leave it to innovative resident mixologist Kei Sawada to pick your poison.
NEW ONLINE GROCERY
Pranaa – Food for Life, popularfor their plant-based whole food meal plans and vegan dishes cooked with no oil, have launched their 100 percent plant-based grocery platform as of last month! With the aim to make it easier for everyone to transition to a more plant-based lifestyle, the platform stocks a plethora of locally-sourced products ranging from juices to snacks, rawbars; dairy-free products like nut milks, yoghurt, and butter; herbal supplements, protein powders, baby products, plant-based meats, pastes and sauces, pickled goods, and much more. Best of all, the platform offers next day delivery and free delivery for orders above THB 200! If you have brands or products that you’re looking for that the platform currently doesn’t stock, you are encouraged to get in touch as they’re expanding in the months to come.
NEW CREATIVE SPACE
Both a café and a creative space, The Earthling Café inside of Park Avenue Ekamai, focuses on three pillars: delicious food, taking care of the planet, and giving back to local communities. The vegan, plant-based restaurant has menus that are carefully built around plant-based nutrition and seasonal, unprocessed ingredients sourced from Thai farmers. Their food and drink encompasses everything from superfood blends, adaptogenic moon dusts, and tinctures that you can add to your smoothies, to plant-based milks, smoothie bowls, sandwiches, crepes, burgers, and other all-day dining fare. Beyond their cuisine, the versatile, plant- adorned space also hosts various events and activities during the week including yoga, pilates, and sound healing. Check out their page for the schedule. Instagram: @the.earthling.cafe
Currently in its soft opening, North in Sukhumvit Soi 33, is a fine-dining restaurant that showcases the flavours of northern Thai cuisine, particularly those that take inspiration from recipes of the Lanna Kingdom and Lanna heritage, a first of its kind for Bangkok’s culinary scene. The current nine- course degustation menu (THB 2,488++ per person) showcases a plethora of herbs, spices, and ingredients that are prominent in the North, but aren’t so familiar for us urbanites. A few standouts from the menu include the amuse bouche, a trio of sai oua, gaeng kradang, and tam khanoon in bite-size variations; a sweet and sour pomelo salad complemented by grilled tiger prawns and caviar crafted from a crab emulsion; and the restaurant’s take on the classic khao soi, which is transformed into a plate of tortellini dumpling, chicken curry mousse, puff pastry stick, and beetroot jam. Instagram: @northrestaurant